Horizon Award

Gary E. Bird Horizon Award


Recognizing Innovation in Construction Risk Management

Given every year at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC), the award is named in honor of Gary E. Bird. Gary expanded the risk management horizon as he searched for new and innovative ways to approach the risks associated with large construction projects. He also demonstrated his industry leadership by mentoring a generation of construction professionals. 


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GEBHA 2017 Winner

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 37th IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) to Shawn Connick and Ashley Hogue of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. This award recognized the committee for their innovative construction industry hazards booklet. 



About the Award

Who Was Gary Bird?

Gary Bird

Gary Bird was the director of risk management for Phelps Dodge Corporation for 12 years, the original author of The Wrap-Up Guide published by IRMI, and a forward-thinking and respected member of the construction risk management community. An avid horseman, he felt claustrophobic in big cities because he "needed to see the horizon."

Along with many friends and colleagues, Gary tragically died on September 11, 2001. Afterward, IRMI renamed the Construction Risk Management Best Practices Award the Gary E. Bird Horizon Award in honor of his memory.


Mission Statement

The purpose is to promote the awareness of innovative techniques, processes, and programs that are effective in construction risk management. The identification and communication of these best practices will assist others in the risk management community to review and develop their own best practices.

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Horizon Award Submission Process

To learn more about the award submission process and to download a submission packet, click on the topics below. 


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